A sinister Pennywise returns with a big dose of nostalgia in "It"

'IT' director gives update on 'transdimensional' sequel

Prepare For IT With New Featurette And Midnight Screenings

In just two days we will be reintroduced to Pennywise, the demon from Stephen Kings IT thriller series.

He comes back when they are adults and if the first film is successful, they plan to turn the second half of the story into another film. Although incredibly creepy, Pennywise manages to bond with the boy, Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) - before biting his arm off and pulling him into the sewer. The time is the late 1980s - King set the first part of the book in the 1950s when he was growing up - but the update suits Muschietti. We know Pennywise is some kind of demon that manifests as a scary clown, but we don't really find out why, where he came from, or why he only visits the town of Derry, Massachusetts only once every 27 years to prey on its kids. Amongst the seven children Bill leads as the Losers' Club against Pennywise, overweight, literature-obsessed Ben is nearly killed by a bully's savagely spiralling assault, Sophia, already suffering her father's sexual abuse at home, has a toilet's contents dumped on her, and black Derry outsider Mike suffers that glimpsed shit-eating scene. When children start disappearing in the U.S. town of Derry, a group of young kids are forced to face their biggest fears when they square off against evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Speaking with Deadline in a new interview, the director explained how King had personally approved all of the plot changes he had made in his adaptation: "I sent him a handwritten letter, asking for forgiveness, for all the creative license I had taken".

"When I finally booked the job, I'm like holy s**t, I'm doing this now", Skarsgard said.

It takes a surprisingly long time for everyone in the gang to confess to one another about an encounter with Pennywise. I think you have this wonderful book as the source material that I thoroughly read going into production. She plays a recently separated mother of two who decides to start her life over by moving back home to Los Angeles.

That leads to a lot of F-bombs and amusing one-liners, both done perfectly by child actor Finn Wolfhard (who you know best as Mike Wheeler on the Netflix show "Stranger Things"). "And a guy saw me and stood up and said, 'I've seen the original Pennywise!' And I said, 'Well, good for you.' I think whatever scares the trousers off you when you're a child is an image that always stays with you".

Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) has a stammer and is haunted by the disappearance of his brother, who we met briefly in the film's opening scenes getting acquainted with Pennywise. Part one is only about the kids.

We've yet to see It locally, but based on the current hype around the film, it may just become one of the must-sees of the year.

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